Archive for June, 2010

Women Worldwide Empower Themselves

Asian University for Women ( will help women empower themselves to become enlightened leaders. 

Learn more about the Chittagong, Bangladesh-based Asian University for Women — providing a critical pathway to leadership development, economic progress, and social and political equality.

In a giving mood?  Support them here.

Photo credit:  Asian University for Women (a student)

Map illustration:  Google Maps

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women As Primary Engines in Emerging Markets

According to Hany Mwafy, Managing Director North Africa and James Russo, Vice President Global Consumer Insights who presented at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 conference (check out the lineup of speakers), the center of gravity is shifting away from North America and Europe.

In the decades to come, emerging economies will deliver more growth – and more profits.  Here are some key takeaways from their presentation related to women and their importance in the global economy.

The female economy – as more women enter the workforce, their earning power increases, as does their power within their household. Women now control almost $12 trillion of the $18 trillion in global consumer spending.


Women control almost $12 trillion of the $18 trillion in global consumer spending.

Read the entire impressive trends piece here.  And feel free to re-visit our “Predictions That Will Shape Global Small Business in 2010” (refer to No. 5) — as some of our points are similar.  Our 2009 trend piece touches on how women will rule the global marketplace (refer to No. 8).  Check out this interesting related piece too.

Photo credit:  Flickr

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Fueling the Power of Global Women Entrepreneurs

Introducing the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network brought to you by Dell and Intel, in partnership with Bloomberg LINK.  Its purpose is to help women entrepreneurs network with other businesses across the globe and share best practices within the unique and challenging world of running high-growth companies to make it to the next level.

The first meet up with will take place during the World Expo, Shanghai 2010, on June 20-22, 2010. This inaugural event is an extension of Dell’s “Take Your Own Path” campaign, highlighting how entrepreneurs’ innovative use of technology results directly in business success.

Learn more here.

Connect via Linked In invite here.

Twitter hashtag #DWEN or follow @DellSMBnews.

Photo credit:  Dell Shanghai

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Battle of the Sexes in Our New World of Work

This article, “The End of Men,” by Hanna Rosin published in The Atlantic has absolutely nothing to do with exporting or taking a business global but it does offer an interesting report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way (e.g., earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history— and its vast cultural consequences on a worldwide basis.

Read the entire article here. The comments are worth noting too.

Photo:  Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in their famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match (1973)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

DIANA Conference For Women Entrepreneurs

DIANA International 2010 Research Conference

Extending Women’s Entrepreneurship Scholarship in New Directions

Banff, Canada
August 3-4, 2010

Conference Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Jennings & Karen Hughes
University of Alberta
School of Business

Conference Planning Assistant:
Jacqueline Solc, BCom student


The 2010 DIANA International Conference gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

For more information, visit here.

DIANA Project // Overview (including founding members) // Video clips from founders

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Hat tip to Laura Smoliar (Twitter/Linked In) for bringing this to our attention.

Advice For Women Working Abroad

Do women have extra barriers to contend with when considering going abroad?  The Going Global blog, a leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country, addresses that question and much more with:

Do Women Have Extra Considerations When Choosing to Work Abroad?

What has your experience been?  We welcome hearing from you.

Related useful resource:

•  Captivating advice for women working abroad – USATODAY

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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